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Bertolone-Smith, Claudia M.; Gillette-Koyen, Linda – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

The first author's initial attempts at a whole-class mathematics discussion were woefully dysfunctional. Ten second graders showing their answers to a missing addend question about the number of children left riding a school bus did not result in the mathematical epiphany that the textbook promised. She did not give up on using mathematical…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Classroom Communication

Roller, Sarah A.; Cunningham, Elizabeth P.; Marin, Katherine Ariemma – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Photographs offer teachers a way to collect and explore student work that might other wise go unnoticed or minimally examined. A teacher might use photographs to analyze students' strategies and work to promote future instructional practices that result in higher student achievement. As a tool, photographs document student understanding and…

Descriptors: Photography, Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Data Collection

Singer, Bethany; Shafer, Kathryn G. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

Building physical models is a natural activity for children and provides a context for lessons on two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) shapes. However, children do not think of their models as prisms, cylinders, and pyramids. Their creations are spaceships, tunnels, castles, and nets on the floor. Creating these types of shapes with…

Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Skills

McLennan, Deanna Pecaski – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

The outdoors can offer children a rich space for learning and inspires authentic mathematical opportunities. The author describes the experiences her kindergarten students have when when they spend many hours each day, exploring their vast play yard and engaging in play-based activities typically done inside a classroom. She also chronicles the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Outdoor Education, Kindergarten, Young Children

Keazer, Lindsay; Gerberry, Carla – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Imagine a mathematics classroom in which students engage in sharing ideas and reasoning through solutions to interesting mathematical problems. They are excited about mathematics and working on challenging problems that encourage collaboration and critical thinking. These are things that teachers want, but sometimes they do not know how to achieve…

Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Mathematics Education, Problem Solving, Persistence

Gresham, Gina; Shannon, Tracy – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Mathematics discourse is a teaching approach that encourages student discussion and reveals an understanding of concepts as students engage in mathematical reasoning and debate (Cobb 2006). Grabowski and Ke (2007) posit that students have significantly higher achievement and positive attitudes toward mathematics after participating in gaming…

Descriptors: Grade 1, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Achievement

Bates, Meg S.; Moran, Cheryl G.; Phalen, Lena – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Teachers face many challenges helping students meet the expectations set forth in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010). CCSSM content standards not only introduce new concepts at each grade level but also require teachers to learn new terminology for old concepts and consider how students' understanding of concepts…

Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods

Barlow, Angela T.; Duncan, Matthew; Lischka, Alyson E.; Hartland, Kristin S.; Willingham, J. Christopher – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

When presented with a problem in mathematics class, students often function as problem performers rather than problem solvers (Rigelman 2007). That is, rather than understanding the problem, students focus on using an operation to complete it. Students' tendencies to act as problem performers can prevent them from suggesting problem-solving…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Learning Strategies, Mathematics Education, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)

Fagan, Emily R.; Tobey, Cheryl Rose; Brodesky, Amy R. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

This article introduces the formative assessment probe--a powerful tool for collecting focused, actionable information about student thinking and potential misconceptions--along with a process for targeting instruction in response to probe results. Drawing on research about common student mathematical misconceptions as well as the former work of…

Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Individualized Instruction, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Brendefur, Jonathan L.; Strother, Sam; Rich, Kelli; Appleton, Sarah – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Teachers use the word assessment to describe any method of gathering information about student learning. Whether it be formative assessment (intended to guide instructional decisions) or summative assessment (a reflection on the entirety of student learning from prior instruction), teachers are constantly working to identify what their students…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests

Denton, Paula – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Using Cuisenaire Rods, metric measurement, and mapping, students worked collaboratively to calculate, keep records, build, and problem solve with use of decimal fractions as a key element.

Descriptors: Fractions, Problem Solving, Cooperative Learning, Metric System

Bruun, Faye; Diaz, Joan M.; Dykes, Valerie J. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

Students may excel in computation, but their ability to apply their skills will suffer if they do not understand the math vocabulary used in instructions and story problems. This action research project examines two methods for strengthening students' ability to communicate mathematically: (1) Journal writing and peer discussion; and (2) The…

Descriptors: Action Research, Teaching Methods, Journal Writing, Peer Groups

Cavazos, Rebecca R. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

This article details how certain mathematical "discoveries" that Cavazos' fourth graders made were recorded throughout the year. Cavazos invited a math professor, a biologist, a literacy professor, a chemist, a statistician, and an engineering student, as well as their school principal and computer lab technician, both of whom are…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Investigations, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Activities

Thomas, Jonathan N.; Eisenhardt, Sara; Fisher, Molly H.; Schack, Edna O.; Tassell, Janet; Yoder, Margaret – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

Thoughtful implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010) presents an opportunity for increased emphasis on the development of mathematical understanding among students. Granted, ascertaining the mathematical understanding of an individual student is highly complex work and often exceedingly difficult.…

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Mathematics Education, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation

Kinzer, Cathy J.; Rincón, Mari; Ward, Jana; Rincón, Ricardo; Gomez, Lesli – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

Four elementary school instructors offer insights into their classrooms, their unique professional roles, and their leadership approaches as they reflect on their journey to advance teacher and student mathematics learning. They note a "teacher leader" serves as an example to other educators and strives to impact student learning;…

Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Education, Elementary School Teachers